Episode 30: 18th Century Italy

18th century Italy was the place for cellists to start out. Since it was the birthplace of the Violoncello it makes sense that so many excellent players came from it as well. Not only is the first Cello Sonata by the earliest known cello virtuoso, “Domenico of the Violoncello”, but by the end of the 18th century we have one the most prolific composers known. He was not only a famous composer but was a cellist as well. Can you guess? A Hint: initials L.B.

Early History of the Cello

The Violoncello and Its History

"The Violoncello and Its History" the Introduction. Joseph Wasielewski wrote a 200+ page book about the cello, where it came from, its development, and the musicians who made it happen. This is a short observation regarding the introduction of the book, which deals mostly with the viola da gamba from which the cello is derived.